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Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

10 Mountain Plants Hard to Kill in the Garden

A good friend came into the garden center this week wanting guidance in planting a new raised bed wrapped around her house. She knew a cottage flower garden was her style but was overwhelmed by where to start. As a fellow entrepreneur, she also felt the reality of taking care of delicate plants with her

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

5 Mountain Herbs You Only Plant Once

As we begin the ‘Fall Garden Season,’ organic herbs and Autumn vegetables overflow the garden center. This week’s column features the best herbs for your garden and the distinguishing characteristics of each. Deer, rabbits, and javelinas find the taste of herbs distasteful. These plants are never threatened by critters roaming the yard. Many herbs can

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Plants with Really Big Blooms in August

How big can a single flower blossom be? The rare corpse flower of Indonesia can be up to three feet across!  There are far more fragrant and more readily available giant flowers we can grow in our backyards. Assess your garden situation and then choose from these big, bold, mountain bloomers:   Arizona Gaillardia –

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